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. it was an american who piloted the french fleet 60 miles from the a list -- illes de los to the sierra leone river. >> before your time runs out, there would be no basis under the alien tort statute. but assume for a moment that those two cases -- that we accept them -- to accept them. is there anything different about your case? >> yes, your honor. there are many differences between us and filartiga. this is a case in which there is a class action against a corporation. if he did not agree with us and the lack of extraterritorial application, we still maintain that the ats does not apply to corporations. second, there is an allegation here of aiding and abetting a foreign government. it was unclear whether the paraguayan was acting within or without the state's authority, but he was later deported, so we do not know t answer. here the offense is magnified because the allegation is that in english and a dutch company aided and abetted the nigerian government. that is where the offense to the principle against international friction -- international friction is at its highest. if you want to adopt
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